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What is lucid dreaming?

A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that he or she is dreaming. When the dreamer is lucid, he or she can actively participate in and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can seem extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level of self-awareness during the lucid dream.

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Earlier on today, I posted in the 'Today...' thread with a description of my first attempt at lucid dreaming.

 

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[hide]I had a pretty interesting (well, more like [bleep]ed up in my opinion) night of sleeping. I thought I'd type it here quickly before I forget it all.

 

Backstory: I have always been really interested in making myself lucid dream, and I found myself a set of instructions that helps you lucid dream. If anyone wants the exact instructions I used, I'll edit them into this post.

 

Anyways, so I went to bed and what I was supposed to do was remain completely still (with eyes shut), and my brain would try to test if I was asleep by making me feel itchy or giving me an urge to roll over. I had to ignore all of these urges and itches, and I did. After about 10 minutes I kept thinking, "Am I dreaming yet?" Then suddenly I heard this really weird noise inside my head, I knew it was inside my head so that freaked me out a bit. It sounded like a demented version of bubble wrap popping mixed with rice krispies popping mixed with hail.

 

Suddenly, my eyes began to move rapidly back and forth and I kept seeing little fuzzy things... so I freaked the [bleep] out. "Ahhhh my eyes, is this normal?!" And the instructions said if you freaked out/wanted to stop, you had to hold your breath and this would shock your body out of it, so I held my breath and was fully awake. I was so freaked out that I was shaking and in a sweat.

 

I think I woulda lucid dreamed if I had continued letting my eyes go crazy.. (found out it's REM sleep and that's when you may dream) -__- BAH! How annoying.

 

Couldn't achieve the freaky eye thing again because I kept falling asleep because I was so tired. But I did have some weird dreams (that's normal, I always have weird dreams though).

 

Edit: Might as well tell you guys some of last night's dream.

1st dream involved me and a friend [call him #1] (don't really want to go into depth, not really interesting..).

2nd dream - I was on facebook and was telling #1 my dreams. I was sitting on a hill and typing on a weird laptop that I don't own. This woman (followed by her boyfriend) sat down on my laptop and kept jumping up and down (with her [wagon]). She kept ruining what I was going to type and I asked "Do you mind? Trying to type here.." and she just kept jumping up and down again.

 

Another dream started to merge with this dream, and I found myself in my kitchen making udon noodles.

 

Cut back to dream 2 - I grabbed the woman's sunglasses and snapped them - I felt really badass. Then she tried to insult me.. I insulted her back by implying that I had sex with her boyfriend. She reacted very badly to this comment.. she grabbed me by the leg, picked me up and swung me round and round. I kept thinking "Yell out that she's being racist!!", so I yelled out "RACIST!!!! HELP!!!!1 THERE'S A RACIST!!!!"

 

The police arrived and arrested her for her racism, where she was placed into a long cage with a monster.. The monster looked exactly like this thing that I've seen on the internet before - I can't find the image now but it is this fat blob that looked kinda creepy.

The woman was on the other side of the cage with the monster, and the monster just stared at her the whole time. The woman rocked back and forth slowly with her hand around her legs, muttering "...please.." over and over again in a pleading voice. The police finally opened the cage and she didn't have the strength to get up so she just rolled backwards onto the ground. Blood poured out of her mouth as she rolled backwards and I think she was dead.. not sure. I still have a distinct image of blood pouring out of her mouth and the fat blob monster in my head.

 

Cut back to the udon noodles dream, I ate them.

 

 

I remember at one point in the night half-waking up and feeling my hand move by itself onto my stomach, that felt really weird and I felt like this: icon_uhhh.gif [/hide]

 

Some people seemed interested in the whole concept of lucid dreaming (especially romy), so I decided to make this thread.

 

If you would like to have your own lucid dream, have a look at these instructions:

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This is also a helpful website: http://www.dreamviews.com/

 

Please note that I have heard bad stories about people who have attempted to lucid dream - such as getting night terrors, so be wary if you try and follow the above instructions. I myself freaked out a bit on my first attempt.

 

I'd also like to note that I had a successful lucid dream during a very long nap (2 hours or so) this afternoon.

 

Please post any tips, stories or opinions on lucid dreaming in this thread :)


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I'd like to try it, but I hate staying completely still. >_>


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I seen this yesterday while poking about in the forums, I have heard about it and I am interested in the concept. So I took it into practice last night after reading your post. I think I was a few minutes from feeling 'the weight' but I couldn't reach it, my mouth was annoying me far too much. I should of breathed through my nose the whole time instead, but I gave up and went to sleep 'normally.'

 

Another factor that might of played in preventing me Lucid dreaming was what I ate. I indulged myself to a few skittles (>.<) and I could feel the sugar in my body, so to speak. Which was very very irritating. Not sure what would help, but possibly more tea type stuff, I'll have a nice relaxing cuppa before bed tonight and see if that makes a difference of any kind.

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Seems like an interesting concept, but what you experienced seems a little strange :ohnoes:

But the dream which you described made me laugh :thumbsup:


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I do this all the time, but i never stay asleep for more than like a minute.

Trying this out right now.


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Oh I guess I should have posted my lucid dreaming attempt here instead of in the Today thread. Didn't see it.

 

Wongtong, how were you able to get yourself to successfully lucid dream during your nap? Through the method on the picture or through other practice?


 

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I tried this last night. After 20 minutes I looked around and everything was white and shiny. After about 20 minutes of this I woke up sweating. It felt amazing.


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I tried this last night. After 20 minutes I looked around and everything was white and shiny. After about 20 minutes of this I woke up sweating. It felt amazing.

 

I'm so jealous! I wanna succeed in doing that too!

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Oh I guess I should have posted my lucid dreaming attempt here instead of in the Today thread. Didn't see it.

 

Wongtong, how were you able to get yourself to successfully lucid dream during your nap? Through the method on the picture or through other practice?

I don't even know! It was a pretty pathetic lucid dream.

 

But I did try the instructions, and then I thought "[bleep] this, I wanna have a nap." And got into a more comfortable position. However, I did keep repeating to myself in my head "I'm dreaming. I'm dreaming."

 

I think this helped me because I kept thinking it during my dream and then I thought "I'm dreaming - Oh yeah I'm dreaming!! Really? Okay lemme test it out." *crash*


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OH! is that why I itch so badly when I'm trying to sleep? WOW. I never knew lol. I've have these lucid dreams quite often, as in I know I'm dreaming, but I don't usually have control of what I do.


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OH! is that why I itch so badly when I'm trying to sleep? WOW. I never knew lol. I've have these lucid dreams quite often, as in I know I'm dreaming, but I don't usually have control of what I do.

 

I think that's regular dreaming. I only think though.

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Whenever I used to take melatonin to help me go to sleep I'd have the most vivid dreams. A couple times I did indeed recognize that I was in a dream and took control of it. I'll try the laying down method tonight.

 

OH, and I just remembered something I used to do when I was like 5-6 years old.

My grandma told me that if I looked at my palms when I was in a dream, I could control it however I like. And for me it did work a couple times, and to this day I remember a couple of the really strange dreams that I controlled at that age.


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I've had lucid dreams before a few years back and I've always wanted to do it again. I have just never seen those instructions before, I will be sure to try it. :^_^:


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I was going to ask if we should make a topic on this. I think Ive one lucid dream...was a REALLY long time ago though. However, I am going to try this later tonight and post what happens in the morning.


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I tried this last night. I think I did it wrong... I was just laying there and then I woke up :/ My eyes didn't go crazy or anything and I didn't feel a weight on my chest or whatever... I didn't really have any urge to move around and I wasn't itching... at all... I'm pretty sure I was staying perfectly still. I just fell asleep, I think >.> Halp?

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I tried this last night. I think I did it wrong... I was just laying there and then I woke up :/ My eyes didn't go crazy or anything and I didn't feel a weight on my chest or whatever... I didn't really have any urge to move around and I wasn't itching... at all... I'm pretty sure I was staying perfectly still. I just fell asleep, I think >.> Halp?

Probably a good idea to subconsciously tell yourself you're going to lucid dream and to focus on it, rather than just lying down.


 

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I'm gonna try this right now, going to sleep after this post lol.

 

Last time I tried it seemed to go really well, but I'm too impatient. There was also noise that would completely ruin my focus, but hopefully tonight there'll be less noise to distract me.

 

I'll post my results tomorrow.

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I'm not sure if i've had a lucid dream before when i was younger. I remember having sets of dreams when i stayed at my Gran's house and choosing to fly out the window and about the neighbourhood but i'm not sure if it was a legit lucid dream.

 

I'm quite interested in the concept and will give it a go at some point but i need my sleep at the minute and the prospect of night terrors and sleep paralysis brought on by lucid dreaming is not something i fancy right now.


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I wanna try this but I don't really want to have any of the side effects you mentioned.

 

Anyone had any of them?


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I used to be able to do this, but for some reason, I've lost the ability.

 

Is this really a worthwhile topic, even if it's posted in Off-Topic?


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I wanna try this but I don't really want to have any of the side effects you mentioned.

 

Anyone had any of them?

 

I followed wongtong's instructions and halfway through my arms/legs started twitching and shaking.

 

To wongtong or anyone else who has done this successfully, what am I supposed to think about when I'm laying down still ?

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OH! is that why I itch so badly when I'm trying to sleep? WOW. I never knew lol. I've have these lucid dreams quite often, as in I know I'm dreaming, but I don't usually have control of what I do.

 

I think that's regular dreaming. I only think though.

No, I'm pretty sure being aware that you're dreaming is lucid dreaming - just not to the same 'stage' as being able to control your dreams. I can't find the page where I read this right now but there are different stages of lucid dreaming, i.e just being aware but not having control > being aware and having control > complete control

 

Adrenal, anything I guess? I like repeating to myself in my head that I'm dreaming though. Or you can think stuff like "I'm going to have a lucid dream" to help force yourself to have one :D


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I wanna try this, but I'm scared that I'll do something wrong and just never wake up. I'm also afraid I'll think I'm dreaming, and do something stupid, only to find out that it wasn't a dream.

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I'm actually excited to go to sleep tonight to try this out again. :lol: Even if it didn't work last night, it still was an interesting experience.


 

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